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Can a rental agreement state that no guests or parties are allowed?

Bob and his friends want to rent a house, hypothetically in Corvallis, Oregon USA. The prospective landlord presents Bob and his friends with a lease agreement that states that no guests are allowed, ...
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Is the “civil shield” for employees a real thing?

I have heard people speaking about a supposed “civil shield” for employees, but I can’t find anything that proves or disproves it. The theory is something like, if an employee is following the ...
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Could I file a complaint against discrimination in my favor?

(Hypothetical) Say I had a boss who was crazy enough to make a statement like, “All men get a raise, and all women get a paycut.” The hypothetical women in the hypothetical office are refusing to take ...
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What does it mean for a crime to be committed "in the presence of" a person?

ORS 133.225 (Arrest by private person), subsection 1, says in part, emphasis added: A private person may arrest another person for any crime committed in the presence of the private person if the ...
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Is it legal to remove a phone from a driver's hand?

Alice and Bob are in a car together; Alice is driving. While on the road, she picks up her phone and begins texting. Is it legal for Bob to take the phone from her until she parks? Normally this would ...
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Is the "questionably legal maneuver" from XKCD 207 actually legal?

XKCD 207 shows a driver turning right on a red light, making a U-turn, then turning right again, in order to bypass a red light. Is this actually legal in Oregon?
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Can a victim of theft retroactively give the stolen item to the thief?

If Joe steals Alice's widget, but Alice for some reason doesn't want Joe to be convicted and is okay with him having her widget, can she retroactively give him permission? Does this prevent him from ...
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Is it legal to "steal" back one's own stolen car?

John Doe's car was stolen, along with a copy of the key. The thief then sells the car and key to someone else. John Doe is walking down a sidewalk, and sees his car in someone's driveway. He checks ...
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Can a minor be bound to a contract if a parent co-signs?

James Doe, John Doe's minor son, wants to sign a contract with Mary Smith, an adult. Is the contract binding on James if he and his father both sign it? What if only his father signs it, but makes it ...
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Does an eighteen-year-old Oregon resident who obtained a driver license as a minor need to get a new license to tow a trailer?

In Oregon, drivers under eighteen years of age may not tow trailers. The "Provisional Driver License" issued to drivers aged sixteen through eighteen says it is valid for "[a]ny signle ...
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Is it necessary to have one's driver license in one's posession while driving in Oregon?

In some jurisdictions, it is necessary to carry one's driver license at all times while driving. In others, it is only required to be licensed; it can be proven later after being pulled over, perhaps ...
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Is it illegal to have a product delivered to a different ZIP code to pay less sales tax?

Me and my friends were chatting in dinner in California. Some were complaining about the high sales tax rate in our state. One suggested that if any of us had an Oregon address, we could have our ...
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Can a minor be granted power of attorney?

Can an adult grant power of attorney to a minor and be bound by contracts signed by the minor on his/her behalf?
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Do minors need to disclose their age in business agreements?

Is a minor working as a freelancer, or negotiating a contract for another reason, contacting a potential client required to disclose that (s)he is a minor? Assume that the minor has no plan to void ...
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If a cashier forgets to charge me for something, do I have to remind them?

Suppose I’m buying 10 items, and I notice that the cashier has accidentally only scanned 9 of them, leading to a total that is too low. Do I have a duty to remind the cashier? I understand that the ...
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Is a bylaw amendment required to adopt Robert's Rules of Order?

Does an Oregon nonprofit corporation need a bylaw amendment to officially and permanently adopt Robert's Rules of Order, or could it be done with a regular resolution?
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Is there any requirement to state the specific reason for a conviction?

I'm asking specifically about the validity of a conviction based on an allegation of "failure to appear" for a traffic camera violation. Let's say that "Lizzie" receives a citation ...
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Are emojis acceptable in contracts?

If I ✍️ a 📄 using emojis instead of words, does that affect the validity of the 📄? Example: Mary will only use the 🔑 to open the front 🚪 of John's 🏡 in order to feed his 🐈. Mary will feed the 🐈...
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Is it legal for employers to charge for training if you leave too soon?

Apparently, some employers are requiring new employees to sign a contract that says, “We will provide training. You must work here for at least N months. If you leave before that, you will have to pay ...
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Oregon decriminalized possession of certain drugs. Is the act of buying still illegal?

Oregon decriminalized "the possession" of certain drugs. But the act of manufacturing and selling drugs is still illegal, according to this article: https://www.opb.org/article/2020/11/04/...
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Does labeling a parking space as "Compact" have any legal significance?

I have an assigned parking space, which is labeled "Compact." There is another parking space immediately to the right of mine, which is also labeled "Compact." I have a compact car,...
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What should you do if an officer leaves a traffic stop?

This might be a bit of a TV trope, but I think it happens in reality as well. Suppose an officer pulls someone over for a traffic infraction and starts talking to the person about why they were pulled ...
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Who owns geocaches and their contents?

When someone places a geocache, presumably that person owns the container; it wouldn't make sense for anyone except them (or possibly Groundspeak? I don't think the ToS transfer ownership) to own it. ...
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What amount of force, if any, can be used to prevent animal abuse?

What amount of physical force, if any, can be used to prevent animal abuse (a dog's owner hitting the dog, with a minor present) in Oregon? Is it legal to restrain the owner? Take the dog to a safe ...
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Is it legal to use a TV-B-Gone on a TV in a business?

Is it legal for a customer to use a TV-B-Gone to turn off TVs in businesses, e.g. the ones playing sports channels in restaurants or the demo models in stores, without permission of the owner?
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What does Oregon ballot measure 112 actually do?

Section 31, Article 4 of the Oregon constitution says: There shall be neither slavery nor involuntary servitude in the State, otherwise than as a punishment for crime, whereof the party shall have ...
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Is it legal to keep an old hole-punched driver's license or permit?

It is illegal in Oregon to possess two drivers licences, but when you get a new one, the DMV hole-punches the old one and gives it back to you. The paper temporary license is valid for driving ...
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Can a minor use a phone through an in-vehicle infotainment system while driving in Oregon?

This is a follow-up to Can a minor listen to phone navigation instructions while driving in Oregon?. If the minor is using a phone with a system such as Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, and the screen ...
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How does community service work?

When a person is convicted of a crime and required to perform community service, what exactly is involved?
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What is the "preamble" to a ballot measure called?

Oregon ballot measures have this basic format (this particular one is an initiative for a constitutional amendment, but referendums [referenda?] are similar, as are measures for regular legislation): ...
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Can a client share legal advice from a lawyer?

Alice, Bob, and Chris have a conversation about doing XYZ, and the question of legality comes up --- none of them know whether or not XYZing is legal. Alice hires a lawyer and asks him; he says yes, ...
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Would it be legal to publish a program to factor large semiprime numbers?

If I somehow figured out a way to factor large semiprime numbers in a reasonable amount of time (don't worry, I haven't; this is hypothetical), would it be legal to publish the code? This could be ...
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Oregon property disclosure law: buyer discovers cracking foundation that seller did not disclose - 20 months after closing

I purchased a 110 year old house 18 months ago and am living in it. At the time of sale I waived inspection and did As-Is based on two factors: a 3rd party inspection was provided to me from buyer ...
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Can you form a temporary nonprofit?

Can you start a 501c3 organization to complete a project, collect donations, do the project, donate all leftover money to another 501c3 with similar goals, then dissolve the organization? It would ...
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Can you be convicted of a crime when you could not avoid doing so because of a bug in a state-owned mobile app?

Oregon offers electronic licenses and tags for hunting and fishing; the problem is that the app does not work reliably offline, despite advertising this feature. (It's very common to not have an ...
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Is it illegal for someone with a duty of care to not act on questionable information?

Someone told me about a case where some people got lost in the woods, "the authorities" (not sure who, but let's assume they had a legal duty to rescue the people who got lost) could not ...
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Is there any significance to "Inc." vs "Corp."?

Oregon requires corporation names to include "Incorporated," "Corporation," "Limited," or an abbreviation of one of those. Is there any reason why a business owner might ...
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Can a director of a for-profit corporation be unpaid, or paid a nominal salary?

If a corporation has a director who doesn't actually do much and is just there to fulfill a legal requirement, and the director does not want to be paid, is that legal? What about a $1/year salary? ...
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Can you use deadly force in self defense when you could likely appease the attacker by deleting a video of a crime they committed?

John commits a non-violent crime against Jane. Jane recorded the crime. John threatens to kill Jane if she doesn't delete the video. Can Jane legally use deadly force against John?
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Where exactly do speed limits start in Oregon?

This question has already been asked, but that question did not specify a jurisdiction. I'm specifically asking about Oregon. Where exactly does a new speed limit zone start in relation to the sign? ...
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Can you sue your own business?

If an employee of my LLC negligently causes injury to me in the course of their employment, can I sue my LLC, like a non-owner could?
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Is it necessary to have an attorney-client relationship for a lawyer to give legal advice to someone?

If a lawyer gives legal advice to someone who is not his/her client, is that legal?
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Could a person's lawyer legally answer that person's Law SE RSLA?

I hire a lawyer for legal issue ABC. I post a request for specific legal advice on Law Stack Exchange about unrelated legal issue XYZ. I do not tell my lawyer about it; neither of us knows that the ...
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How can a minor own and operate an LLC with as little adult involvement as possible?

Note: I am going to talk to a lawyer before I actually do this, but I would like to have some idea of the best option before I start. If a minor wants to start a business selling things on eBay as an ...
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Is a person serving a property owner with notice of a lawsuit excempt from trespassing charges?

If John sues Bob, and he walks past Bob's "POSTED - NO TRESPASSING" sign up to his door to serve him notice of the lawsuit, Bob says "Get off my property!" before realizing why ...
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Is it legal to use someone else's credit card with permission?

Is it legal to use someone else's credit card with their permission? What about forging a signature, also with permission?
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Is there consideration if one item is given from someone who doesn't want it to someone who does?

Suppose I have an old refrigerator that no longer works. I don't want it, and would pay someone to take it; its value to me is negative. But my neighbor has an appliance repair company. My ...
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Can an LLC operating agreement specify that one member pays all the taxes?

Is it possible, in an LLC with two members, for all of the taxes to "pass through" to one of the members, resulting in the LLC having no effect on the other member's taxes? The non-tax-...
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Is a Windows license valid on a "computer of Theseus"?

If I buy a computer with a Windows license, and then replace every part of the computer one at a time (cloning the old hard drive to the new one then erasing the old one, or reinstalling Windows on my ...
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Is it legal to reverse-engineer and reimplement a file format?

If I reverse engineer a file format used by proprietary software and write (a) a specification and (b) a third-party program for reading and writing the format, and I publish both (a) and (b) online ...